Producing contraction; stopping bleeding; having the quality of restraining haemorrhage when applied to the bleeding part; astringent.

<botany> Alternative forms: stiptic] Styptic weed, an American leguminous herb (Cassia occidentalis) closely related to the wild senna.

Origin: L. Stypticus, Gr, fr. To contract.

<medicine> A styptic medicine.

(01 Mar 1998)